All-New 2002 Acura RSX Boasts Leading-Edge Technology, Performance and Refinement

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Acura

    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Acura's stable of class-leading luxury
 performance vehicles gets a powerful shot of adrenaline with the arrival of
 the much anticipated 2002 Acura RSX sports coupe -- the all-new replacement
 for the legendary Acura Integra.
     "The RSX can take your driving experience to a higher level," says Dick
 Colliver, executive vice president of Acura.  "Coming on the heels of the TL
 and CL Type-S models and the sportier 2002 RL, the RSX really puts the
 exclamation point on Acura's commitment to exhilarating performance, luxury
 and style."
     The new RSX is available with two all-new high-tech and extremely potent
 engines.  To deliver a race-bred driving experience, the RSX is equipped with
 a 16-valve, DOHC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses Acura's
 revolutionary i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system -- producing an
 impressive 160 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque while also enhancing fuel
 efficiency and emissions control.  The i-VTEC system combines VTEC (Variable
 Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with new VTC (Variable Timing
 Control) which continuously adjusts camshaft phasing for enhanced performance
 and efficiency across a broad power band.  The all-aluminum engine mates to
 either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed Sequential
 SportShift automatic transmission.
     For those looking to push the performance envelope even further, a Type-S
 version of the RSX is available, powered by a high-output version of the
 twin-cam, 2.0-liter engine that produces a remarkable 100 horsepower per liter
 for a maximum output of 200 horsepower and 142 lb.-ft. of torque.  As the
 ideal complement to this high-tech powerplant, the RSX Type-S is equipped with
 an all-new, close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission.
     Remarkably, given their considerable power, both RSX engines meet
 stringent Low Emissions Vehicle-II (LEV-II) standards and are designed to run
 for 105,000 miles before the first scheduled tune-up.
     To meet the demands of the true driving enthusiast, engineers developed
 all-new suspension and steering systems with exceptional handling precision,
 outstanding cornering grip and a smooth, controlled ride.  To achieve these
 goals, the RSX employs new variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering and a
 newly designed Control-Link MacPherson strut front suspension that greatly
 enhances cornering performance while minimizing weight and maximizing interior
 room.  At the rear, the RSX features a new, compact double-wishbone system
 that helps deliver quick, confident handling and a smooth, compliant ride.  On
 the Type-S, the suspension is optimized with firmer springs and dampers, and a
 larger front stabilizer bar for even greater responsiveness and road feel.
     Standard four-wheel disc brakes with a 3-channel Anti-Lock Braking System
 (ABS) help to ensure crisp brake performance and secure stopping power.  The
 RSX is equipped with 10.3-inch vented discs in front and 10.2-inch discs at
 the rear.  To match its additional performance capabilities, the Type-S uses
 larger 11.8-inch vented discs up front.  Each RSX model wears beefy 205/55R16
 Michelin all-season high-performance tires on 16-inch, five-spoke alloy
 wheels.
     Inside, the RSX features an exceptionally dynamic and "driver-tuned"
 cockpit design.  Large-diameter, metallic-face gauges with a backlit design
 are grouped in a pod that angles toward the driver.  A sporty three-spoke,
 leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard.  Ample head and legroom ensure a
 comfortable ride for both front and rear passengers, while a 17.8-cubic-foot
 cargo area (with 50/50 fold-down rear seats) delivers abundant storage
 capacity and flexibility.  Standard safety features include dual front airbags
 and side airbags, dual seatbelt pretensioners on both front seats, and
 side-impact protection pads.
     Like all Acura models, the RSX is fully featured for outstanding comfort
 and convenience.  Standard amenities on all RSX models include an Automatic
 Climate Control System, keyless entry system with anti-theft immobilizer,
 power mirrors, power moonroof, and power windows with an auto-up/down feature
 on the driver's window.  Handsome fabric with simulated suede trim graces the
 sporty deeply bolstered seats of the RSX.  Perforated leather seating surfaces
 are optional on the RSX and standard on the Type-S.  All RSX models are also
 equipped with a powerful six-speaker music system with in-dash CD player.  The
 Type-S features an even more impressive Acura/Bose(R) Music System, which
 includes an AM/FM/cassette/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, and, in the cargo area,
 a new Bose Richbass(TM) woofer for outstanding bass response.
     The exterior styling of the RSX communicates a message of power and
 precision with short front and rear overhangs, sweeping curves and sharply
 chiseled accent lines.  A distinctive front fascia is highlighted by large,
 bright multi-reflector headlights, deeply beveled chin spoiler and signature
 Acura grille, while thin A- and B-roof pillars and compound-curved window
 glass provide exceptional visibility all around.
     Complete details and information will be available closer to the July
 on-sale date of the RSX.  While pricing has not been finalized, RSX prices are
 expected to range from $20,000-$25,000 with an annual sales target of
 30,000 units.
     Like all Acura models, the 2002 RSX is covered by a comprehensive
 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.  Additional ownership
 benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour
 roadside assistance, concierge service, and trip routing.
     Acura offers a full line of premium performance vehicles through a
 nationwide network of nearly 260 dealers.  The Acura line-up features s
 ix distinctive models including the exotic NSX supercar, the 3.5 RL flagship
 luxury sedan, the best-selling 3.2 TL luxury performance sedan, the 3.2 CL
 luxury performance coupe, the new race-bred RSX sports coupe, and the
 revolutionary MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.  For more information about
 Acura vehicles, please visit www.acuranews.com.
 
 

SOURCE Acura
    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Acura's stable of class-leading luxury
 performance vehicles gets a powerful shot of adrenaline with the arrival of
 the much anticipated 2002 Acura RSX sports coupe -- the all-new replacement
 for the legendary Acura Integra.
     "The RSX can take your driving experience to a higher level," says Dick
 Colliver, executive vice president of Acura.  "Coming on the heels of the TL
 and CL Type-S models and the sportier 2002 RL, the RSX really puts the
 exclamation point on Acura's commitment to exhilarating performance, luxury
 and style."
     The new RSX is available with two all-new high-tech and extremely potent
 engines.  To deliver a race-bred driving experience, the RSX is equipped with
 a 16-valve, DOHC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses Acura's
 revolutionary i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system -- producing an
 impressive 160 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque while also enhancing fuel
 efficiency and emissions control.  The i-VTEC system combines VTEC (Variable
 Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with new VTC (Variable Timing
 Control) which continuously adjusts camshaft phasing for enhanced performance
 and efficiency across a broad power band.  The all-aluminum engine mates to
 either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed Sequential
 SportShift automatic transmission.
     For those looking to push the performance envelope even further, a Type-S
 version of the RSX is available, powered by a high-output version of the
 twin-cam, 2.0-liter engine that produces a remarkable 100 horsepower per liter
 for a maximum output of 200 horsepower and 142 lb.-ft. of torque.  As the
 ideal complement to this high-tech powerplant, the RSX Type-S is equipped with
 an all-new, close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission.
     Remarkably, given their considerable power, both RSX engines meet
 stringent Low Emissions Vehicle-II (LEV-II) standards and are designed to run
 for 105,000 miles before the first scheduled tune-up.
     To meet the demands of the true driving enthusiast, engineers developed
 all-new suspension and steering systems with exceptional handling precision,
 outstanding cornering grip and a smooth, controlled ride.  To achieve these
 goals, the RSX employs new variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering and a
 newly designed Control-Link MacPherson strut front suspension that greatly
 enhances cornering performance while minimizing weight and maximizing interior
 room.  At the rear, the RSX features a new, compact double-wishbone system
 that helps deliver quick, confident handling and a smooth, compliant ride.  On
 the Type-S, the suspension is optimized with firmer springs and dampers, and a
 larger front stabilizer bar for even greater responsiveness and road feel.
     Standard four-wheel disc brakes with a 3-channel Anti-Lock Braking System
 (ABS) help to ensure crisp brake performance and secure stopping power.  The
 RSX is equipped with 10.3-inch vented discs in front and 10.2-inch discs at
 the rear.  To match its additional performance capabilities, the Type-S uses
 larger 11.8-inch vented discs up front.  Each RSX model wears beefy 205/55R16
 Michelin all-season high-performance tires on 16-inch, five-spoke alloy
 wheels.
     Inside, the RSX features an exceptionally dynamic and "driver-tuned"
 cockpit design.  Large-diameter, metallic-face gauges with a backlit design
 are grouped in a pod that angles toward the driver.  A sporty three-spoke,
 leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard.  Ample head and legroom ensure a
 comfortable ride for both front and rear passengers, while a 17.8-cubic-foot
 cargo area (with 50/50 fold-down rear seats) delivers abundant storage
 capacity and flexibility.  Standard safety features include dual front airbags
 and side airbags, dual seatbelt pretensioners on both front seats, and
 side-impact protection pads.
     Like all Acura models, the RSX is fully featured for outstanding comfort
 and convenience.  Standard amenities on all RSX models include an Automatic
 Climate Control System, keyless entry system with anti-theft immobilizer,
 power mirrors, power moonroof, and power windows with an auto-up/down feature
 on the driver's window.  Handsome fabric with simulated suede trim graces the
 sporty deeply bolstered seats of the RSX.  Perforated leather seating surfaces
 are optional on the RSX and standard on the Type-S.  All RSX models are also
 equipped with a powerful six-speaker music system with in-dash CD player.  The
 Type-S features an even more impressive Acura/Bose(R) Music System, which
 includes an AM/FM/cassette/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, and, in the cargo area,
 a new Bose Richbass(TM) woofer for outstanding bass response.
     The exterior styling of the RSX communicates a message of power and
 precision with short front and rear overhangs, sweeping curves and sharply
 chiseled accent lines.  A distinctive front fascia is highlighted by large,
 bright multi-reflector headlights, deeply beveled chin spoiler and signature
 Acura grille, while thin A- and B-roof pillars and compound-curved window
 glass provide exceptional visibility all around.
     Complete details and information will be available closer to the July
 on-sale date of the RSX.  While pricing has not been finalized, RSX prices are
 expected to range from $20,000-$25,000 with an annual sales target of
 30,000 units.
     Like all Acura models, the 2002 RSX is covered by a comprehensive
 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.  Additional ownership
 benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour
 roadside assistance, concierge service, and trip routing.
     Acura offers a full line of premium performance vehicles through a
 nationwide network of nearly 260 dealers.  The Acura line-up features s
 ix distinctive models including the exotic NSX supercar, the 3.5 RL flagship
 luxury sedan, the best-selling 3.2 TL luxury performance sedan, the 3.2 CL
 luxury performance coupe, the new race-bred RSX sports coupe, and the
 revolutionary MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.  For more information about
 Acura vehicles, please visit www.acuranews.com.
 
 SOURCE  Acura

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